Thursday, August 16, 2007
DPP Solutions: Color Calibration
If you're using a professional-caliber LCD monitor, professional-caliber color calibration is a requirement
Features include multiple monitor calibration and matching, with custom targeting and curves manipulation. Advanced technology allows you to take ambient light into consideration, so you can accurately balance your monitor under unique studio lighting conditions as well—no matter how unusual they may be.
You'll discover a great assortment of sophisticated, photographer-friendly software features, too. For example, the Spyder2PRO offers multiple gamma and color-temperature options and an exclusive automated black-and-white luminance-adjustment feature that delivers exceptionally consistent calibration results. The Spyder2PRO kit also includes a software-based profiling tool that allows you to create custom printer profiles without using a third-party scanner. Estimated Street Price: $249. Visit www.colorvision.com for more details.
User-definable luminance settings help you achieve improved color management on multiple monitors, and advanced gray-balance optimization delivers better gray renditions. Enhanced features provide ample control over ambient-light influences. Before-and-after images are displayed so you can easily compare the results of your calibration efforts. If you own a monitor that's DDC/CI (Display Data Channel/Command Interface)-compliant, you can enjoy one-push calibration, too. Check GretagMacbeth/X-Rite's Website for a complete listing of compatible monitors. The software even reminds you if you haven't performed a tune-up recently. The Eye-One Display 2 colorimeter with Match 3.6 software and ambient light measurement head is available for $249. Visit www.xritephoto.com for more information and a directory of resellers.
The hueyPRO is the smallest colorimeter on the market, as well as one of the least expensive (estimated street price is $129), but it delivers reliable results. According to Pantone, the hueyPRO is equipped with the same advanced optical color sensors as the Eye-One Display solutions, which makes it quite a bargain. Visit www.pantone.com for more information.
Page 2 of 2